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Marc Marquez has been crowned the 2018 MotoGP World Champion, stepping up his successes to be a seven time World Champion.

Battle commenced as the lights went out and Andrea Dovizioso shot from the line. But on his tail, Marc Marquez pushed his way into second after starting from sixth in the grid. Australia’s Jack Miller sat feisty in third in front of Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi. Miller slipped through the pack as the grip on his soft front and rear tyres faded away, seeing Crutchlow and Rossi move up a place.

The two title rivals started to edge out in front, while the two Suzuki’s soared past Miller and Rossi to fight for the rostrum. Iannone was the man on the move but couldn’t keep the pace of the front-runners and ended up skidding through the gravel traps. This left Alex Rins to spy his podium spot and reel in Crutchlow for a chance with third place.

Back at the front, “Dovi” and Marquez played cat and mouse as the chase for the title continued. Just Dovi vs Marquez for the final five laps. Marquez squeezed up the inside of the Desmosedici and pushed to pull a gap at the front. If the result stayed like this, the Spaniard would be crowned champion. Then one major moment defined the 2018 season. Dovizioso tucked the front of his GP18 at turn 10 and every viewers jaw dropped, the championship was over.

Marc Marquez crossed the chequered flag as a seven time World Champion, with Cal Crutchlow in second and Alex Rins in third.